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Beautiful dish prepared by Joy Road Catering during "It's not Shiraz, It's Syrah" event at LAFRENZ Winery

July 25, 2018

The much anticipated LAFRENZ 2016 red wines release

The 2016 growing season started at the beginning of April, a full month ahead of normal for the Okanagan. The accompanying heat units that followed throughout the summer had us thinking this could be the earliest grape harvest of all time. For the optimal cool climate flavors that we are known for, we prefer bunches to have an extended slow steady accumulation of flavor rather than just sugar. As if on cue, temperatures in September moderated and enabled us to pick individual vineyard blocks as they ripened perfectly.

Our 2016 red wines are all over 14.5% alcohol and will be remembered as very warm ripe wines but each exuding wonderful purity of fruit clearly representing the variety and their vineyard of origin.

These wines are mere babies compared to what they will offer in 2-5 years. However, I’m sure many customers will want to enjoy them before then, so I would recommend decanting into a carafe a couple of hours beforehand to really see their potential.  

2018 Red Wines Release - August 03, 2018

Pre order your wines online at or visit us in the Wine Shop. Wines will be available for tasting and purchase from Friday August 3rd. 

2016 Syrah - We continue to co-ferment a small percentage of Viognier which adds lifted floral notes to the aroma and makes the palate silky smooth. A dense wine with very lifted blueberries and violets with just a hint of white pepper supported by nuances of freshly turned earth and brambles. A silky round palate with supple tannins throughout with lingering brambles and chocolate on the finish. This is an elegant Syrah in the classic northern Rhone style. 

2016 Malbec - The vineyard was cropped to 50% of normal to ensure super ripeness and concentration. The result is a big black brooding wine brimming with ripe plums, cassis and raspberry supported by nuances of charred meat and rich earth tones, this wine screams in Argentinian for charbroiled Alberta beef. This is a big, round wonderfully mouth filling Malbec.

2016 Merlot - At 14.6% this is a big wine in the mould of the popular 2015 release. The French clones in this vineyard are now approaching 20 yrs and as a result are just so consistent in style from year to year. This wine is not your patio sipper, it is beautifully plush from start to finish but with fine grain tannins throughout indicative of its ability to reward further ageing. It oozes ripe dark fruits with subtle tones of vanilla and toasty notes from barrel ageing. 

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon - At 14.7% this wine is a repeat of the 2015 release. This wine shows everything that Cabernet should be.  It is big, round and mouth filling with superb fine grain tannin and excellent palate structure that finishes with lingering mocha, dark chocolate and barrel toast. The aroma brims with blackberry and super-ripe cassis upfront with hints of mint, menthol and eucalypt.  We have been trying for the past few vintages to make a Cabernet which clearly shows the best characteristics of the variety and this wine does in spades.

Some benchmark wines to choose from, enjoy! 

Jeff Martin, 



Wine Club

We are overwhelmed with the response that our newly launched Wine Club has had for the past 3 months. We would like to thank our loyal customers for their continued support.

We have already shipped our 2018 club shipments for the four club memberships. However, if you haven’t yet joined the club, you can still sign up now for next year’s shipment. Moreover, join the wine club today – before placing any order – and start enjoying the benefits immediately.

Please note we are one of the few Wine Clubs that is fully customizable.

To join the wine club, please follow this link:

For inquiries, please contact our Hospitality & Marketing Manager at


Upcoming Event

The Naramata Tailgate Party will be held on September 8th, 2018 at the Naramata Heritage Inn from 6:30 pm until 9 pm. This initiative from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association gathers together its 28 members plus local chef’s cuisine and live music to celebrate harvest. Join us for a fabulous evening of wine, food, live music, celebration and fun in the heart of Naramata. This year’s theme is “Bootleg Bash” celebrating the building of the Naramata Heritage Inn and the founding of Naramata in the early 1900’s. Tickets are $125 (plus tax + fee) and they are available online at or by calling 1-800-656-0713. Looking forward to seeing you then!

Location: Naramata Heritage Inn, 3625 – 1st Street, Naramata, BC, V0H 1N0.